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Wednesday
Sep072011

Leadership

Have you noticed the onslaught of thoughts from a myriad of pundits on leadership.

Some days it seems that everyone is a leadership expert, coach, guru, "eminence grise", and more....

Then you walk into a business, any business, especially the ones in retail....it quickly become a case of what happened.  You immediately sense the leadership vacuum!

There is a dichotomy...for some reason all the writings, musings, opinions on leadership that are readily available are not making their way where leadership is required. Which makes you wonder, who reads all these thoughts, attends all the seminars/webinars on leadership? If they read it....how come its not happening?

Lets assume for a moment that all the thoughts on leadership are being read: 

Here is a thought: "Why stretch, make an effort, influence the team, put my mortgage / line of credit payment at risk, to assume an ephemeral leadership position...to perhaps make a difference."

Another thought: "Much easier to be in the career business, than the leadership, make a difference business."

You know the saying by Theodore Roosevelt...

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

What do you think?


Tuesday
Sep062011

Cadillac Moment Revisited

In January in a conversation with Clay Dean at the Detroit Auto Show, during the conversation we shared our thoughts that Cadillac did not have enough FYF.

At the time Clay Dean (who is a cool guy) gave a discreet smile to our thoughts and comments, almost saying "you don't know what I know". Our entry and video of the conversation is...here.

The moment we saw photos of the Ciel (heaven in French) we were instantly reminded of the conversation with Clay Dean...the smile...

Although styling is personal taste...this car has FYF...

 

As usual a video is worth a gazillion words...

 

 

Monday
Sep052011

Steve Jobs

On this Labor Day time well spent...a compelling speech

"Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.

Nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices...that need to be even easier to use than a PC, that need to be even more intuitive than a PC; and where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC.

We think we are on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon but in the organization to build these kinds of products." 

The article is...here.

 

Saturday
Sep032011

2012 Camry

Informative video...as usual its worth a gazillion words...

 

Friday
Sep022011

Vroom Room 

Good Morning! 

First Vroom Room of the month with a long week end on the horizon, and reality lurking....

Come in make yourself comfortable we have cappuccino and biscotti this morning.

We hope you had an opportunity to watch Jack Layton's funeral, totally cool experience...with numerous messages for Canadians....you can agree or disagree with his politics, he was a cool guy...appreciated by Canadians. 

As usual the idealistic euphoria endures for a few days, then reality sets in with a variety of speculations, regarding Jack, his party, Canadian politics. 

Have you noticed the flap over "Canadian Pricing" by some US retailers with stores in Canada. In an age of social media it should take seconds to bring pricing disparities to the attention of retailers. Instead we keep on reading the same excuses over and over. In the meantime, yes the retail landscape is losing momentum in Canada, and yes the Canadian consumer is carrying an appreciable load of "credit".

You surely have noticed, or will notice that Lloyd Robertson did his final newscast, its a great opportunity for CTV to refresh their evening news...do you think they will?

We had a unique opportunity to drive in the Canadian Prairies (the beginning of the Prairies) with a vehicle that we had reviewed, totally cool experience, the "flatness" of the landscape is initially disconcerting. We are working on a quick story for next week. The folks in that area have a saying "Its so flat that if your dog runs away, you can watch it run for 3 days".

In case you missed it, the Ford Panther platform has reached the end of the road at St.Thomas...what was special about the Panther platform? P71 Crown Vics (cop cars) and the Lincolns doing livery duty. 

August sales...Toyota is regaining its mojo, BMW is not blinking this year, Honda what do you expect them to say...

A bunch of old F1 cars...here.

Have a wonderful long week end...